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  1. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    Exciting and more than a littl bit stressful... It's amazing how many little details are still unfinished! But I believe the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT a train.
  2. The 32nd Annual EyesOn Design Exhibition will be held in Grosse Pointe Shores on June 16, 2019 (Father's Day).The show typically contains between 250 and 300 vehicles in a variety of categories. Exhibited vehicles are chosen based on the year’s theme by invitation only. In addition, EyesOn Design features special exhibitions and concept and production vehicles which debuted during the previous year’s auto show circuit, including ones which were awarded at EyesOn Design at the North American International Auto Show.This year, one of the categories will feature station wagons and closely related vehicles.We are seeking several wagons to demonstrate the breadth and creativity of international station wagon designs from the 1960's through the 1980's. Vehicles should be pristine original or restored to original condition.We are looking for the following wagons (and wagon-esque vehicles):1972-76 GM Clamshell1979-1991 Ford Country Squire or Mercury Colony ParkLotus Eclat Jensen GTAudi foxAudi 5000Citroen CXMercedes Benz w123Mercedes Benz HammerVolvo ESVolvo 240AMC PacerAMC/EagleFord TaurusNissan 510Nissan MaximaIf you have - or know of - a wagon that we should consider, please send me a PM and I'll follow up with you.To learn more about the show, click here: http://www.eyesondesign.org/carshow
  3. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    With the seat covers completed, I was able to resume work on the quarter trim panels. First step was to install the windlace along the rear door openings. The windlace tucks under the roof rail molding at the upper end and is retained with trim screws to the inner "dog leg". The quarter trim panel - now completed with the decorative deck seam - installs on top of the windlace and is attached with a trim screw to the inner structure. The black line on the water shield indicates where the color split line is positioned on the rear door trim panel. The quarter trim and door trim color split line up perfectly. And then, do it all again on the passenger side! Moving on to the rear door trim installation, I fabricated the water shields from 6 mil poly film instead of coated paper. Then I re-installed the door handle and window regulator handle springs... And the trim panel: The alignment of the rear door and quarter trim two-tone split turned out nearly perfect. I installed the door handle at the wrong position; another item to add to the list.
  4. 95Cardinal

    Cam Bearing Help

    Good catch. How long has that place been assembling engines? And, Russ Martin is a GREAT resource!
  5. 95Cardinal

    Vinyl Top Material

    Try Legendary Auto Interiors: https://www.legendaryautointeriors.com/ For a situation like yours, I recommend calling. Not everything is on the website.
  6. 95Cardinal

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Yep, I DO like the color combo! Hope to see you with it in June!
  7. 95Cardinal

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Congrats, Adam; looks like a GREAT find!
  8. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    First step in assembling the front seat back was to clean, paint and inspect the seat frame and spring unit. The transverse spring wire that supports the individual zig-zag springs (essentially the lumbar support) was fractured and had to be replaced. This frame came from low-mileage car and was in excellent condition. The clean, shiny metal you see is as the frame appeared when the old trim cover was removed! It has been coated with a clear protectant to preserve it. Initial test fit of the trim cover and side panel to ensure that all the seams will be covered by the side panels as designed and sewn. I installed the 2 screws that will ultimately attach the ash tray to the seat back. Having the screw heads in place will make it much easier to locate the attaching points for the ash tray after the trim cover has been attached to the frame. Visible at the top of the above image is the first point of attachment of the seat cover. There is a wire-reinforced upper bolster that is attached via hog rings to the upper frame rail. The heavy felt isolator is installed between the two layers of springs in the seat back spring unit. The trim cover is drawn over the perimeter of the frame and retained with hog rings. After installing the cover and verifying the fit of the side panel, the upper bolster looks loose and baggy. The area beneath the french seam required additional padding to fill out the cover contours. I removed the cover and added thin layers of cotton/poly blend padding to better match the cover shape After re-installing the cover, fabricated stuffing tools like these make it easier to manipulate the last bits of padding into the necessary position under the corner: End view of the seat back after revising the corner padding. Front seat back, ready for assembly to the cushion: The 1958 Buick foam seat cushions were among the earliest applications of molded urethane foam seating components. The Special models retained the traditional spring and pad designs for the seat cushions and backs. The Century, Super, Roadmaster and Limited models were equipped with foam seat cushions, but retained "spring and pad" seat back pads with rubberized horsehair pads. I disassembled the seat frame and cleaned and painted the steel structure. Since the cushion frame had some surface corrosion, I used a more aggressive treatment and then painted the frame black. I inserted a stiff reinforcement layer of woven carpet material between the springs and the foam layer, hog-ringing the carpet to the zig-zag springs to ensure that the underlayment would not shift with occupant entry/egress. The carpet replaces the original layer of cotton burlap, which had long ago lost its ability to support the foam and isolate it from the springs. New foam is installed, along with a layer of non-woven cotton/poly felt to retain the rear edge of the foam to the frame. The felt also acts as an insulator/isolator between the rear section of the trim cover and the "bar cover", or rear bottom section of the frame. The foam is trimmed to shape and "skived" or contoured at the perimeter to give a smooth appearance of the cover after assembly. I have found that an electric carving knife works great for shaping and contouring the urethane foam. The pink chalk mark highlights the center of the frame and the center of the trim cover. I always start in the center and work outwards from the center to establish and maintain the proper cover position on the seat. Like the original design, I added a layer of padding and burlap above the foam, then applied the trim cover: The first step in retaining the cover was to hog ring the rear "tie-down" to the lower portion of the seat frame, just beneath where the forward edge of the seat back would eventually be positioned. Then, working out from the center, hog-ringing the perimeter of the cover to the frame. After building up the assembly, I determined that I needed additional padding to get the required comfort, fit and appearance. The cover was too loose on the pad assembly. I removed the cover from the frame and added a thin layer of padding over the entire seating surface, with additional layers around the perimeter to provide a more full looking perimeter. The second build-up was much improved Attaching the seat back to the cushion is accomplished with 6 - yes, 6! - 1/4-20 bolts. Adding the ash tray and robe cord to the seat back: It took 3 of us to maneuver the seat into the car, but we managed to position it without any injuries or damage: It will be challenging (impossible?) to install the seat side panels in the vehicle, but the side panels are still at the anodizer's facility. If necessary, the seat will be removed to allow installation of the aluminum trim panels.
  9. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    Things have been moving quickly as I prepare the car for its maiden show. It will be displayed at the Detroit Autorama on March 1-3. Early in December, I visited my friend Pat who has been working on the seat trim. He had completed most of the covers and we planned to install the covers onto the frame & spring units. He had researched the correct appearance for the covers. Images of interiors of several other cars showed that there was a lot of variation in the way the trim covers were sewn. For example, these seats look "overstuffed" and the french seams at the corners do not line up with the outboard stitch lines on the insert areas: This seat has better contours, without the overstuffed look, but the upper (red) panel goes straight across the seat, instead of curving downward at the outboard corners: Here is the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. The short , angled french seam aligns perfectly with the insert stitch line and the corner of the tan and beige joint. The upper edge of tan/beige joint is contoured to match the images in the 1958 Buick color and trim book and images of original interiors. This is the initial test fit of the 2/3 folding rear seat cushion. Shape looks good, corners and edges still need some finessing: Looking better! Here, I am beginning to assemble the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. A perimeter wrap of non-woven polyester will help retain the shape of the side facings. Together in the car for the first time. I'm not happy with it, so I will disassemble it and start over. But my granddaughter gave it her approval for comfort!
  10. 95Cardinal

    Large Garage concrete sealing.

    If I were doing a new floor, I would probably go with polished concrete. Here's some work done by a company in Atlanta: https://flawlessgrind-polishflooring.com/projects/ This is what you see in many commercial and industrial facilities.
  11. 95Cardinal

    1969 GTO Judge Convert

    What a combination... 68 grille, 69 Endura bumper (or possible a 68 with the arrowhead emblem holes filled), 69 front valence & park lamps, 69 instrument panel and seat covers, 68 quarter markers as mentioned, 69 deck lid and bumper. If only these cars could talk...
  12. 95Cardinal

    Deduction for Flare O Flames

    Skip the imitation flames and go for the real deal! This is Bob Fryz' "Sh-Boom": But, it'll cost more than $4 every time you light 'em up! And don't forget extra fire extinguishers....
  13. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    I had to delay making the quarter trim panels until the rear door trim panels were finalized. The two-tone split line on the quarter trim should align with the 2-tone line on the doors, so I had to confirm that location before making the quarter trim. I marked the location of the 2-tone split on the rear of the rear door opening and used that to finalize the trim patterns for the quarter. This is the preliminary assembly of the quarter trim, for mock-up in the car. And in the car: I still need to add one decorative stitch line, above the color split. Just waiting for my friend to wrap up the seat covers so I can use the proper color thread for these pieces. I've learned to take lots of photos and notes when disassembling a project. I also try to retain as many original parts as possible, just in case they can be useful. These remnants of the quarter window gaskets came in very handy. The witness marks on the outer surface indicated the correct orientation of the exterior molding clips and the dimensions of the gasket helped indicate how much material had to be removed and where it had to be removed. I used a fresh razor knife blade and a disc sander to shape the gasket. It took many iterations, removing only a few shavings each time, to get the gasket to fit into the opening. When the glass and gasket could be fit tightly into the opening, I removed the gasket from the glass. I applied a bead of bedding compound into the glass channel of the gasket and re-inserted the glass into the gasket. A small amount of bedding compound is visible at the gasket edges: With a bead of bedding compound applied to the inside of the quarter window and some liquid detergent as a lubricant on the gasket, it was finally time to install the glass. The glass is retained by 4 stamped retainers on the inside on the body. The exterior reveal moldings are retained by a variety of clips and threaded rods. With the exterior moldings installed, the interior garnish moldings are next. At the front of the quarter window, the C pillar trim consists of one painted steel garnish molding, a vinyl-wrapped trim panel, the polished aluminum roof rail molding plus a cloth windlace. The vinyl-wrapped panel is installed first and is visible as a sliver of dark tan between the upper steel trim molding and the polished aluminum roof rail trim. Originally, I had wrapped the steel panel with a single layer of cotton felt and the vinyl cover, which was exactly as the original piece was constructed. The part was too thick and it couldn't be loaded properly under the edge of he headliner panel. I had to remove the layer of padding and re-apply the vinyl directly to the steel substrate. I had not realized that the new vinyl was significantly thicker than the original material; with the padding removed, everything could be properly installed.
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    What did you get for Christmas this year?

    And here's the proof! Click on the image, then click on the "Play" arrow if the video doesn't automatically start.